Career Integration Coaching

I learned the hard way what wholeness is, by first experiencing what it is not.  In 2011, I burned out.  Hit the wall.  I stopped working for months.

Today, I see it as a huge gift that I had to rebuild from the ground up.  It gave me a chance to reassess who I am, and what really makes me happy.  I got another chance to get it right–and to experience work and life as a magical flow of unimaginable things unfolding.

What does this have to do with career integration coaching?  Everything.  

Because I now know that your best life comes when work is a reflection of who you are, completely. Not a sliver of you.  Not a piece.  But a substantial portion of who you are, so that there is a feeling of wholeness.

Most people who are changing careers don’t want a new career.  They want career integration–folding more of who they are into their work.   Maybe you’re one of them.

Here are some signs that career integration coaching could help you:

  • You look traditional on the outside, but on the inside, you’re a rebel.
  • While you have a responsible job, are respected by your colleagues, and can point to tangible business accomplishments, you also know what it feels like to be an outsider.
  • Your career path has been “up and to the right”, with more serious titles, and increasing authority and pay with each move.  But you are far from conventional.  And you know there is more.  You may have dismissed a creative pursuit as frivolous, even though it’s joyful and fascinating.
  • Or your life/career has taken some twists and turns–all good, but a bit puzzling to your family and friends.  That year you went to China to teach English or the sabbatical to Central America or taking up rowing, after you turned 50.  You just knew you had to do it.
  • You have a knack for stepping into multiple worlds, with ease.  In fact, you would be bored if you didn’t.  You are a boundary crosser.  Think software developer by day and theater director by night.  Or supply chain guru during the week and percussionist extraordinaire on the weekends.  Or attorney most of the year, except when you are getting ready for that juried art show.
  • You’ve always been ahead of the curve in how you think.  You love TED talks.  You know that you have something distinct to contribute, even if you can’t articulate it.  You yearn to shake up an organization, revolutionize an industry…find your place in the world. 
  • You are ready to stop trying to fit in.  You know it’s time to forge your own path.

How Does Coaching Work?

I could provide lots of nice words, but the best way to “get” coaching and understand the power of it is to see coaching in action.

Years ago, I did public demonstrations of coaching.  Gathering a group in a bookstore or coffee shop, I would ask for a volunteer to be coached in front of the audience. Short of doing that, the next best thing is to listen to recorded audio of me coaching a working professional, on a real situation.

These coaching demonstrations provide:

  • An understanding of what coaching is and is not.
  • Insight into the kinds of situations that coaching can help with. You’ll hear a variety of situations, both personal and work-related, that many working professionals struggle with.
  • My style of coaching.  No two coaches are the same, even if they have the exact same training. Picking a coach has a lot to do with chemistry.  I’m not the coach for everyone, nor do I want to be.

Note:  These demos were originally part of a podcast, Live Action Coaching. 

Julia has a big dream—to work overseas as an expat. I help Julia find the sweet spot for creating the right opportunity.  The recording is under 25 minutes.

Coaching with Julia

Dawn finds out that shaping the next career isn’t just about here work. It’s about her identity. The recording is about 30 minutes long.

Coaching with Dawn

Kevin gains clarity and takes the first step to exploring a new career. While the initial question is about finishing a degree, the deeper questions emerge after coaching. The recording is under 20 minutes.

Coaching with Kevin

In this demo, I coach a technical professional who has decided to leave his expertise behind and learn a new area at work. While the newness excites the client, he also is overwhelmed by what he knows he doesn’doesn’t know or “unconscious competence.”   In our coaching, we explore this idea of unconscious competence. The recording is under 20 minutes.

Unconscious Competence

Mark, a pharmacist, is pioneering a new role inside his company. We explore together the tension between playing it safe and stepping into a bigger, and unknown place. The recording is under 30 minutes.

Coaching with Mark

I help Florence sort out options for re-igniting her work.  After waking up to a previous career as a freelancer, Florence realizes she has more options than she thought. She also begins to release some “false fears” around financial security. The recording is about 35 minutes long.

Coaching with Florence

Coulter, a new attorney, can’t seem to find the groove in her current assignment—to build a new business within her law firm. Listen as we uncover more of what’s really going on. The recording is about 25 minutes long.

Coaching with Coulter

Working With Me

For most people, moving into action feels good. The problem is that action, without the larger context, can discourage and confuse.  For example, the person who jumps into social media, without knowing what they want to use it for, or how it fits into an overall plan to reach their audience, can feel like they are spinning their wheels, going from one platform to the next without clear results.

To achieve any large goal, it’s necessary to focus your energy on the right things, in the right order.  This means understanding where you want to go, what’s in your way, as well as what you have to leverage.

If we determine that I can help you (and to be honest, I’m not the right resource for everyone), we’ll start with a Strategic Action Planning Session.  This is a standalone session that provides a comprehensive look at:

  1. Where you are today–in the areas of Self-Mastery, Story, and Tribe
  2. Your goals and dreams
  3. Critical factors in closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be

By the end of this session, you’ll have clear priorities and a roadmap for moving forward toward your dreams.

From there, we might mutually agree that working together to implement the roadmap makes sense, with coaching support tailored to your needs.  Or you might want to do it on your own, in which case I provide DIY resources. Or you might decide to use other professional resources, ones that I recommend and trust.  I’ve seen all three happen, depending on what your situation calls for.

Getting Started: Complimentary Ideas and Insight Session

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  –Confucius

The first step is the most important.  I’ve seen people tolerate work that’s drudgery and lives that are filled with meaningless busy-ness, without clear intention or purpose, not just for months, but for years.  It’s heartbreaking, especially when I can see what is possible.

1 To get started, fill out the simple  form below. I’ll send a few questions to answer, through my Career Snapshot.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

2 You’ll complete the Career Snapshot and return it to me.

3 We’ll schedule an Ideas and Insight Session. This complimentary 30-minute phone consult is designed to point you in the right direction, with a few pieces of advice specific to your situation.

4If we determine that I can help you further, I’ll recommend a paid Strategic Action Planning Session. If not, I’ll suggest other options for moving toward your goals.

What Clients Say

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The idea of seeking help from a career coach was intimidating.  I worried that I’d been doing so many things wrong all these years.

The prep work before the Strategic Action Planning Session was interesting in itself – but how Carol wove together the pieces of information I provided was even more interesting and tremendously helpful.

Carol’s ability to listen and lead you to conclusions and new ideas is tremendously empowering. She helped me understand what my particular strengths are and how to parlay them into actions that will help me with my business.

Carol helped me see ways of reshaping what I do to better align my skills with my work.  It was eye-opening and energizing (and made me wonder why I hadn’t sought her help sooner!)”

– Ingrid Sapona,

“Working with Carol was the most valuable experience in my professional career. Carol is extremely insightful and engaging. She helped me to be my personal best and to develop my voice. I gained valuable resources for my career development and for having a balanced life.”

Lucy Sun, Scientist and Regional Manager, Wyatt Technology

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“When I first started coaching with Carol, all I wanted was a new job, and as quickly as possible. Carol’s coaching gave me the mindset and the courage not just to get the new job, but tosucceed in every job from here on out. Carol has been insightful, gentle, and persistent in helping me dare to be brilliant in the work I choose to do. What a difference that is from just wanting a new job!”

Deborah, Lafayette, CO


“Working with Carol was my first coaching experience. If I had known the difference it would make in my life, I would have signed up for coaching decades earlier. However,I can’t imagine that any other coach could have helped me move forward like Carol did… at least not as quickly and as deeply. From our sessions, I walked away with three huge gifts. 1. a clear picture of who I am and where I want to go. 2. action steps to rapidly move forward. 3. the confidence to believe I can, and the confidence to take those key steps every day.

Of course, the proof is in the results. It has now been two years since our work together, and my life has never been more enjoyable, productive and fulfilling. Thank YOU Carol for who you are and the wonderful work you do!”

Steve Vannoy, Founder and former CEO of Verus Global

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“I started a new job that required a substantial shift in the way I worked. I needed to refine my leadership style to be effective. Working with Carol allowed me to develop a deeper confidence about how to approach a wide variety of situations. Much more valuable than any step-by-step leadership training, this confidence allows me to trust myself and find solutions to complex issues, even when I don’t have all the answers. “

Kelly Reeser, Executive Director of Education, Peak to Peak Charter School

“Carol helped me get to where I am today as a leader. She made me a much better ‘coach’ for my own direct and indirect reports. Carol translated her experience in the corporate world to advice that works for me, thus helping me to more quickly achieve my goals.

We also uncovered my strengths and interests and what I really want in a role. I now delegate those activities that aren’t a good fit and know what to look for in my next right position. Carol helped me realize that I have the skills and experience required of a much larger role. I feel ready for when that next opportunity comes along!”

Bill Seliger, Supply Chain Thought Leader, Chicago, IL

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